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Agate goblet with lid

1600 - 1650. Agate, Chalcedony, Enamel, Gold. Room 079B

Goblet comprising five pieces of stone and six gold adornments. The body, in chalcedony, possibly ancient, exhibits a ribbed ornamentation carved in relief and could be a repurposed stone. The adornment on the lip matches that of the lid; a chequered pattern of leaves in translucent green enamelling and white ovolos with black cruciform motifs. The agate lid has a raised central part, where a decoration of white beads and pointed green and red leaves once held a bust, lost in around 1815. The stem consists of two pieces of agate, the larger a decorated baluster with spiral curves in relief, and the smaller in the form of a neck with a small base. There are three ring-shaped decorations with thick, rounded leaves, enamelled in white, green and red. Another more delicate ring joins the stem to the part-spherical base.

The adornments clearly belong to the cosses de pois or "pea pod" style of ornamentation, so frequently used in Paris in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Similar examples are toi be found in the Louvre, such as the adornments of convex, rounded leaves that join the stem to the base of the goblet MR 118, also present in the Prado’s O3. Pointed leaves as the decoration of the base of the crown also appear in the rock-crystal mirror in the Louvre (MR 252).

The lid was once crowned by a small bust, possibly similar to that of the Prado’s O7 goblet, already fractured in 1776 and lost in around 1815, for which there is no detailed description in the Spanish inventories, it was, however, described in the 1689 Versailles inventory as being made of agate. It also lacks the decoration at the base, stolen in 1918, which is known through the historical photographs, and which was very similar in design to the still-extant decoration of leaves holding the base of the crown, similar to that at the base of the Prado’s O10 goblet and the upper part of the central decoration on the O7 goblet.

The state of the work in the 19th century can be seen through the photography of Juan Laurent Minier, "Vase à pied à balustre, agate orientale, montures d’or émaillé, XVIe siècle, règne de Henri III", ca. 1879, Museo del Prado, HF0835/9 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
Agate goblet with lid
1600 - 1650 (Adornments)
Chased; Enamelled; Carved
Agate; Chalcedony; Enamel; Gold
Height: 15 cm.; Diameter: 7.8 cm.; Weight: 200 g.; Diameter of the base: 4.7 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 33.

Arbeteta Mira, Letizia, El tesoro del Delfín: alhajas de Felipe V recibidas por herencia de su padre Luis, Gran Delfín de Francia, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 353.

Arbeteta, L. Azcue, L., El Tesoro del Delfín, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2018.

Other inventories +

Agates, cristaux, procelaines, bronzes, et autres curiositez qui sont dans le Cabinet de Monseigneur le Dauphin a Versailles. Núm. 94 A.
Numº. 94 / Prix contant Pistoles 55. / Une Coupe ronde d'Agate d'Orient couverte á douze pans sur son pied á balustre de mesme qualité á godrons tournans garni de six cercles d'or emaillez de verd blanc et rouge: au haut du couvercle il y a une teste de femme de mesme qualité enchassée dans un cercle d'or emaillé comme les precedens. Ladite Coupe haute de six pouces et demi et de diametre trois pouces. / Valeur 150.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 133.
Otra Copa con su pie, Tapa, y remate de Piedra Agata color de Nacar, y siete guarniciones de color de oro Esmaltado, que incluso el remate, tiene nueve dedos, y meº. de alto, y Caja de Tafilete encarndº.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 41.
Otro vaso en forma de copon, con su tapa remate, una caveza, vasa y pie de piedra Agata; el remate esta quebrada la caveza, y suelta guarnezido dho vaso, remate vasa, y pie de oro esmaltado de verde, blanco, negro, y rojo; regulado en onza y media de oro, poco mas o menos, que con la piedra de dho vaso y su caja vale 2.931...8.

Listado de objetos robados del Real Gabinete de Historia Natural en 1813 y devueltos en 1816. Núm. 41.
Otro vaso en foroma de copon con su tapa, remate, una caveza, basa y pie de piedra agata; el remate está quebrada la caveza y suelta; guarnecido dho vaso, remate vasa y pie de oro esmaltado de verde blanco negro y rosa, regulado en onza y media de oro poco mas ó menos, que junto todo con la piedra de dho vaso, y su caja ve. 2.931...8 [La cabeza que se anuncia rota en el remate, no se ha encontrado.]

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 41.
Alhajas y efectos preciosos que se hallaban colocados en el Gabinete de Historia natural y trasladados al Real Museo de Pintura y Escultura de S. M., en virtud de Rl. orden de 11 de Mayo de 1839 [...] 41. Otro vaso en forma de copon con us tapa, remate, una cabeza, base y pie de piedra Ágata, el remate está quebrada la cabeza y suelta, guarnecido dho vaso, remate, base y pie de oro esmaltado de verde, blanco, negro y rojo; regulado en onza y media de oro poco mas o menos.

Inscriptions +

Scrap of paper. On underside


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Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 24-09-2021 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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